Friday, August 7, 2009


We love coffee around here. There's not much better than a cup of french press coffee. We usually add some cinnamon, cardamon, and nutmeg to the grounds before they steep in the hot water. It makes the coffee a little reminiscent of chai especially when you add honey and milk to the brewed coffee. Yum.

And yes I realize that I probably should have wiped down my french press before snapping the shot, but we use our press a lot and and we've been using it this one for a couple of years. It's probably time to get a new one. I guess wearing it out is better than breaking it and I would definitely know something about getting glass and hot coffee all over my kitchen. Yup, I would.

Another neato thing we stumbled upon in our quest for amazing tea (another story for another time) was the double walled hand blown glasses. They are super fun to drink out of.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Yummy White Bread Rolls

Today I am making white bread rolls. I usually make this once a week. I make the rolls thin so that they can be toasted in the toaster for sandwiches or just toast. This time Josh requested that I also make some buns for hot dogs and here's how they turned out.

Here's the recipe I used. I often switch up the recipe. This time for instance I was out of milk so I used one without it. I got the recipe from the Pillsbury Complete Cookbook that we got for our wedding over nine years ago. I have adapted the recipe and here it is.

5-6 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 pkg yeast
1/4 cup oil

In a large bowl combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, yeast. In a small bowl combine water and oil. Heat in the microwave for 3 minutes on high. Add warm liquid to flour mixture and mix with a mixer for about 3 minutes. Stir in 2 1/2 to 3 cups of flour until dough starts to pull form sides of bowl. On a floured surface knead 1/2 to 1 cup of flour until dough is smooth and elastic. Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a towel to rise for about 45 to 60 minutes in a warm place.

After the rise, punch dough down. Divide dough in half until you get 16 little balls. To make round rolls roll them in a little flour and flatten into 4 inch circles. To make buns roll them in a little flour and roll out into 6 inch long buns and flatten. Place rolls on an ungreased baking sheet and let rise about 15 minutes.

Bake for about 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Remove from pan immediately and place on cooling rack.